A star sapphire cluster from Sri Lanka has received the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest sapphire aggregate.
Weighing 503.2 kg, the star sapphire cluster was that which was found by workmen digging a well at a home in Ratnapura last year.
A ceremony to hand over the certificate for the world’s largest sapphire aggregate was held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel yesterday.
It was held under the patronage of Gem and Jewellery related Industries State Minister Lohan Ratwatte, National Gem and Jewellery Authority Chairman Tilak Weerasinghe, Adjudicator of the Guinness World Records and Founder Swapnil Dangarikar, and other officials.
The Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority said the cluster was registered in the Guinness Book after it was certified as a star sapphire cluster by the Gübelin Gem Lab in Switzerland.
Addressing the event, he said the gemstone belonged to the Coronandum genus and was valued at more than Rs. 2,000 million.
Meanwhile, the Guinness World Records adjudicator said the new Guinness World Record title for the largest sapphire aggregate that was given to Sri Lanka has been awarded for the first time in the world. (NewsWire)